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Bamboo Basketry

General background of Bamboo Basketry. How to grow bamboo as a basketry material. How to prepare it for weavers. Making a bamboo basket. Weave patterns and master basketmakers.

A Basketmaker In Rural Japan
(Coverage once online, but now only available in the book of the same title) On-line Exhibition featuring the content of an exhibit organized by Smithsonian Institution. Features the work of Basketmaker Hiroshima Kazuo. Includes images of traps for river crabs, creels, baskets for holding live eels, storage baskets, colanders, seven-band backpack baskets, as well as scenic views of rural Japan.

Bamboo Arts Plaiting Techniques
Tai Gallery / Textile Arts presents a very informative display of bamboo basketry plaiting patterns including the five basic designs of Nawame (twining), Yotsume (square plaiting), Ajiro (twill plaiting), Renga (mat plaiting), Mutsume (hexagonal plaiting). Variations of the basic bamboo basket weaving patterns including Tobi Gozame (skipping mat plaiting), Hana Ajiro (flower pattern), Amikae Ajiro (changing pattern), Yotsume Kuzushi, Niju Mutsume (double hexagonal plaiting), Renzoku Ajiro (continuous square pattern), Mutsume Koire Asanoha (hemp leaf pattern), Matsuba Ami (pine needle pattern),  Chidorigake (mat plaiting w/ X pattern lacing), Sukashi Ajiro (open twill plaiting), Nawamezashi (twining w/ vertical insertion) and Nawamutsume (twisted hexagonal plaiting) are shown as well with close ups and examples.

Bamboo Masterworks San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco hosted the Lloyd Cotsen collection of Japanese bamboo baskets in 2000. The collection is now part of the permanent collection.

Bamboo Museum
The Bamboo Museum stands in the quiet Rakusai Bamboo Park in ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto.

Construction Details Of Bamboo Baskets
Along with the descriptions of the products offered this site pictures construction details of several types of bamboo baskets.

Growing Habits of Bamboo
Article from Lewis Bamboo Groves describing the growth habits of the bamboo plant.

Oshima Bamboo School
School in Edneyville, NC offering beginning level courses that provide instruction on beginning your own nursery/farm; raising bamboo shoots for food; and creating bamboo crafts including basketry.

More Bamboo Basketry
Bamboo basketmakers, supplies for making bamboo baskets and examples of bamboo baskets.

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